Thanks for your advice.
My relapses have been mostly weakness, gate or have shown up in MRI's. The last time I got ON it was when I was dx in 05.
I haven't been on Copaxone that long. I need to wait and give it it's full 6 months to decide on if its working or not.
While its frustrating to experience this, it doesn't get me down. I stay as normal as I can for as long as I can. This is my life now and there are only two choices (1) Be miserable and bring everyone down with me or (2) Except it, move on because in between the injections and IV's and MRI's life is still great.
Over time you'll learn to distinguish between "relapses" and "residual symptoms", too...and learn that sometimes symptoms will seem to intensify (usually if you're overtired, or over stressed, or too hot, or some other precipitating factor) --
and so you'll feel weak, or unsteady, or your gait will be off, or whatever symptoms you had during your last flare, or exacerbation, will show up again. That doesn't necessary "count" as a NEW flare...just residual symptoms, stuff that will always be with you.
Once the nervous system is sufficiently damaged - -which can happen, over time, or with a particularly nasty exacerbation -- the damage remains. Much like a scar on your hand -- the wound may heal, but the scar remains, and you might have impaired use of your hand. You can't say that your hand is still "injured" -- just that the scar impedes your use of your hand.
I hope that makes some sense. Too early in the morning....I need another cup of coffee.. :)
...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....